The 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment revealed that 1 in 5 adults in York and Adams counties report having been told by a doctor that they have a depressive disorder. The probability of being diagnosed with a depressive disorder is greater for those living in poverty, females, and those who have been diagnosed with heart disease, heart attack or stroke. In both counties, being married reduces the probability of having a depressive disorder. Those over 55 are less likely to report an anxiety or depressive disorder.

As a follow-up to the Community Health Needs Assessment, primary health care providers in York and Adams Counties were invited to participate in an anonymous survey to help guide Healthy Adams County and the Healthy York County Coalition in addressing the issue of depression in their respective communities. Eighty-nine (89) providers completed the survey, with 65 (73.0%) practicing in York County, 23 (25.8%) practicing in Adams County, and one (1.1%) who indicated “Other” as a response. Primary care providers completing the survey represent private/independent practices and practices affiliated with WellSpan Health.

The survey revealed the following:

  • Nearly all respondents indicated that they believe depression is a medical issue that their patients want them to help them with.
  • More than half of the respondents indicated that patients are screened for depression by a primary care provider (physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioners).
  • Respondents managed patients with depression through a variety of modalities, including connecting patients with support groups; encouraging patients to become more physically active, make dietary changes and keep a journal; prescribing medications, and; referring patients to resources.
  • Respondents indicated a need for information about community resources; depression screening tools; mental health service payment options, and; treatment information/guidance.

For a copy of the survey summary and additional data, click here.


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